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    September 6, 2010
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digging for a clue. investigators will head back out to an east bay landfill this morning to search and connect the pieces in a bizarre killing spree. no holiday for the president today. we'll show you what he's doing to convince americans he's getting more people back to work. and a live look outside. we'll look at what you can expect from the weather this labor day weekend. hopefully a shortened work week. the time is 6:00, from barbecues to art festivals, backyard parties, plenty going on this labor day across the bay area. thank you very much for joining us. i'm kris sanchez. >> i'm garvin, brent, laura and rob have the morning off. we want to get to ria taormina with the forecast. >> you know who else has off?
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the clouds. there aren't any outside. clear skies throughout the bay area, even along the coast where they are pretty much just about every day. it's going to be hot inland today, mid to higher 90s. sunny at the ocean beaches, the 70s. >> right now the mid to higher 50s, 56 in oakland, 58 in san jose. not much of a difference from yesterday except to the north bay where things are warmer. as the morning goes on, it will be a good one. the winds are to the very much at all. nothing to speak of. and things will be warming up quite nicely today because there are no clouds along the coast and not much of a sea breeze either. things will be different for tomorrow. back to you. >> thanks. this morning police and volunteers will continue their tedious search through a landfill looking for the body of a man, he could be the fifth victim in a killing spree last week. christie smith is live in pittsburg where crews will be back at work later this morning.
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good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there's a one-acre area inside this pittsburg landfill that police and volunteers have been searching through. this is searching by hand through tons of trash, so far they found nothing to confirm that the body of frederick sales is even there. but the 35-year-old nursing assistant could be the latest victim in this killing spree. hercules police launched their search of the landfill on friday, and this would now be day four. the ties are basically this, suspect efren valdemoro once worked at a hercules business park where one of the victim's cars was found. the home where the victims stayed is also nearby that business park, and trash from the business park ends up at this business mark. this weekend dozens of people came out to a vigil for all the
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victims. >> we are not here to judge people for what they have done. >> reporter: valdemoro was shot and killed by the chp. investigators have said they believe that jealously may have played a role in the killings. but cindy tran's family believes the talk of any love triangle is untrue because she had broken off the relationship. the search resumes this morning at 8:00 a.m. reporting live near pittsburg, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. there is also a memorial fund set up for the sons of cindy tran, and if you'd like to contribute you can go to any wells fargo bank and just mention the cindy tran memorial fund. >> joran van der sloot said he tried to extort money from natalee holloway's parents to
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make their life tough for five years. van der sloot confessed to taking the money from the family in return for revealing the location of her body. holloway was last seen alive with him in aruba in 2005. he has said he killed her then retracted his confession. he is also charged with the killing of a young woman in peru. the fight over furlough days is heading to the state supreme court. on wednesday, the high court is set to hear whether the governor has the right to force unpaid days on tens of thousands of state workers in 2009 and earlier this year. a ruling could affect the furloughs going on right now as well. the high court will hear arguments on three lawsuits that claim the governor's order violates a state law setting a 40-hour work week. the governor's lawyers have argued that the state constitution allows him to order furloughs to address the budget crisis. with millions of americans unemployed this labor day, the president is beginning a major push today to convince americans that he is trying to get them a paycheck. president obama will be in
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milwaukee today to talk about the slow lovely. friday's job numbers showed unemployment went up slightly. jobs are being created but not fast enough to help those left jobless. >> the bottom line is small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is train people for the jobs. >> the president will hold another news conference this week, where the number one topic again will be jobs. a bay area police department will honor a fallen officer this morning. martinez police officer paul starzik was shot to death many 2008 when a gunman burst into a beauty salon looking for his estranged wife. even though he was mortally wounded, starzik shot and killed the gunman. this morning people are invited to attend a ceremony for officer starzik. it begins at 7:00 at the
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fountain in front of martinez city hall. from 8:00 to noon, people can view photos and cards for the officer. the fifth u.s. service member has died in afghanistan this month. the violence is continuing this morning. in separate incidents, u.s. trooped battled the taliban militants for more than an hour in the kandahar province. the troops were in the violent kandahar province protecting a school compound under construction when militants attacked. workers say if the wheat crop is destroyed, it will add to pakistan's misery and prolong the crisis. weeks before the wheat planting season starts, farms are still under water and farmers are not sure if they drain in time if they miss the season, farmers will not be able to plant wheat
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for another year and harvest until may of 2012. new this morning, germany is extending the life of its nuclear power plants. an overnight agreement laid the ground work to keep the plants open past their 2021 close date. protesters are upset over the safety of the plants and storage of nuclear waste, but some environmentalists will likely to applaud the plan which pushes the support of renewable energy. safety or the bare necessities, that's the issue at the transbay terminal. restrooms were left out of the plan for the temporary terminal and that's left commuters looking for a place to go. a spokesman for the project says it is all about security. after all b.a.r.t. closed bathrooms at stations after 9/11. locals say this means trouble for them. they see an increase in homeless people outside and customers just looking to use the bathroom. the temporary terminal will be used for the next seven years.
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health leaders are almost encouraging everyone to get the flu vaccine. the shot will fight off the swine flu and the seasonal flu, so people won't have to try to get two shots. the cdc is suggesting everyone over six months and older get the shot, not just those considered at risk. the shot has hit pharmacies and doctors offices early this year, a sharp contrast to the delays and shortages last year. teens will love the next story. the top health officer in kansas says high schoolers need more sleep even if it means starting classes later. adults need to do more to prevent what they call teenage sleep deprivation. a survey shows only about 15% of teens get 8 1/2 hours of sleep on school nights, and they actually need nine or ten, more than school-aged kids. the solutions, one of them? pushing back the start times of schools to improve performance and attendance. >> a couple weeks ago, we talked
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to a doctor who advocated the same thing. >> if i recall correctly, he said parents got together and succeeded in getting the start of high school moved back to kids could get more sleep. >> maybe i wouldn't have had so many tardies if that was the case at my high school. >> mike inouye has the day off because we expect things to be holiday light, but ria is here with the forecast because that's important today. >> these are yesterday's highs. 83 in san jose. almost 70 in san francisco. 77 in oakland. we will be almost ten degrees higher today because it will be a warm and sunny one. there is sun throughout the entire bay area. it's going to be beautiful, clear skies. at the coast as well as inland there will be high temperatures, mid to high 90s, sunny at the beaches. the story for tomorrow, there will be a cooldown. but more on that in a bit. right now, 56 in oakland. 58 in san jose. temperatures close to where they were at this time yesterday. things are going to be warming up. part of why, as you look at our satellite picture no clouds along the coast. a shallow marine layer at less
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than 1,000 feet. things will be warming up nicely. by lunch time, 70s and 80s. close to 90s, which is where we will be getting to in most spots. let's look at where you live. 91 in mountain view. 88 in fremont. san jose, 89 to 90. pacifica, no longer in the 60s, 72. half moon bay, mid 70s. 80 in san francisco. 84 in oakland. look at orinda, 90s, as well address napa and fairfield. heading further north, they're looking at close to triple digits, where we are in calistoga at 97. looking ahead this week, there will be a drop in temperatures, about ten degrees tomorrow. things will be in the 80s throughout most of the week of the week. a cooldown, and then things will be very nice next weekend. back to you guys. >> thank you very much. if it's labor day, that means we're coming into the home stretch for the baseball season and the giants are right back in it. this morning they sit just a game behind the first-place
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padres. they will be spending labor day in arizona. yesterday they were in southern california, though, facing the dodgers and juan uribe provided all the offense they needed. this two-run home run in the seventh made it 3-0. that was the time score. the giants are taking advantage of a horrendous slump by the padres. they lost ten straight games. number ten was yesterday against the rockies. the padres led the division almost the entire season and had a six and a half lead on the giants as recently as august 25th. >> the a's host the mariners today. game starting at 1:00 p.m. a's had a rough time against the angels yesterday. this double made the score 4-3 for the angels. the angels would tack on a few more runs and eventually won 7-4. time is 6:11. there's a new chapter in the tarmac tantrum. we'll tell you what is going on with the flight attendant with
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the best resignation ever. >> and we're helping you save time and money on nbc bay area news. how you can get the most out of your oil change and you may not need to do it as often as you think. >> and careful if you're headed into the water this labor day. why shark experts say we're seeing more of the predators this time of year. and looking live at the bay bridge from the embarcadero, beautiful start to the sunrise. your full forecast coming up. 6: 12
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welcome back. hope you're enjoying your labor day as early as it is. 6:14 is the time. a look at the embarcadero, and then taking a peek at oakland. ria is promising a fantastic day if you want to get out and enjoy
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the unofficial end of summer. thousands of people are expected to do just that, spend their labor day at the beach. if this weekend is an indication, two recent sightings of white sharks here in the bay area are not enough to keep people out of the water. last week surfers claim they saw a great white shark attacking a sea lion in pacifica. there was a similar sighting in sonoma county last thursday, an then a few weeks ago a kayaker was attacked off the coast of san mateo county. experts tell us sightings of many varieties of sharks are common this time of year along the northern california coast and in the bay. >> it's not uncommon for them to come into the bay, particularly underneath the golden gate bridge into the mouth of the bay, they will feed off sea lions. >> experts say shark attacks on humans are very rare and that the recent shark sightings should serve as a reminder for people who go into the water that they need to be careful. the flight attendant who
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snagged headlines when he told off a plane full of passengers and bailed out on a chute is trying to clear things up. his lawyer said despite of what you may have heard he was not fired from his job but resigned. slater was suspended after his a antics but didn't leave jetblue until this week. >> you're local oil change garage will not like this story probably. but we bet you will. chris has an inside tip on how you can skip the oil change and save money, maybe even the environment. >> when it comes to changing the oil in our cars, many, if not most of us, are like this guy. >> i change my oil every 3,000, just to make sure it's running tip top. >> reporter: but based on new
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research, analysts at respected automotive research firm edmonds.com says overly frequent oil changes is wasteful. >> you could change the oil three times more often than you need to and spend over the course of five years over $1,000 in unnecessary oil changes. >> reporter: instead of every 3,000, they say double it at the very least. and your local mechanic will probably agree. >> changing the oil every 3,000 miles is overdoing it. >> the quality of oil has improved so much in recent decades and not to mention the technology of vehicles to monitor the oil condition has improved. >> reporter: edmonds sent to a laboratory for analysis oil from a car that already lasted 7,000 miles. >> and they said this was probably good for another 2,000 miles of oil life. >> reporter: some car manufacturers go so far as to recommend oil changes every 20,000 miles, which edmonds research doesn't dispute.
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>> mechanics and other automotive experts say using the more expensive synthetic oil can justify waits between oil changes. an oregon man is marking this labor day trying to shoot down a world record. bill carlton is attempting to break the record high score of 80 million point placing the classic video game missile command. he started playing the same game saturday and plans to play through today to break the record. the 30-year-old game was designed during the cold war and some credit it with helping to launch the video game industry. >> looks different from the ones you can buy today. >> that was showing my age, that was the game when i first would go into video arcades, that was the game everybody was crowded around. >> pac-man for me. >> yeah. >> 6:18 right now. ria has a look at the forecast
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good morning, folks. look outside, clear skies. it's going to be a beautiful day. sunshine throughout the entire bay area. it's even going to be warm at the coast, mid 70s. sunny at the beaches. down right hot inland. upper 90s especially in napa, sonoma, concord. there's a big cooldown tomorrow, 15 degrees or so. and the clouds head back in. right now it's still nice at mid to higher 50s. 56 in oakland. 55 in san francisco. 58 in san jose. those numbers will be warming up quickly as the day goes on.
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no winds to speak of. it's calm throughout the entire area. one of the reasons that our sunshine is going to be feeling so warm. there are no clouds outside. not very many winds. things will be cooling down very much as the day goes on. nice by lunch time. close to 80s. into the 80s in some areas. even into the 90s. but it's going to be a great day, get outside and enjoy it because things will be warming up before the big cooldown ahead. back to you guys. >> thank you very much. everything is coming up pink at the san francisco zoo today. after seven years without any baby flamingos at the san francisco zoo that has officially changed. curators say it's very hard to get flamingos to mate in captivity but this year it appears they found a strategy that worked quite well. >> we brought in a new group of ten flamingos from phoenix, and we actually gave them ten of
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ours to try to excite the group, and it seems to have worked. this pairings of a couple of our birds with theirs have produced chicks this year. >> the new chicks are so popular two male flamingos are squabbling now over one of the babies, both trying to feed the baby, and the poor thing is stuffed, according to zoo officials. to celebrate the new arrivals the zoo is giving guests who wear pink a dollar off the admission price this holiday weekend. >> i wonder how soon they'll be pink-pink. there's a showdown over gun rights and advertising on the bay area's biggest transit agency. you may have seen this ad for "the other guy" starring will ferrell and mark wahlberg. when a gun right's group noticed the post eers were altered to sw instead of guns pepper spray, the group made an ad showing a woman holding a gun. the gun rights group calls it a
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coup to avoid a lawsuit. the box office numbers are not official this morning, but it looks like "the american" will rein supreme. the georgia clooney thriller pulled in about $13 million between friday and sunday. "takers," showed more stamina than expected. currently in second with $11.5 million, looking at a likely $14 million to finish out the holiday weekend. the revenge thriller "machete" went into the weekend as the expert's favorite for the top spot is currently in third with just $11 million and will likely finish with around $14 million, as well. the world's shortest living man measures just 27 1/2 inches, which is just slightly taller than carry-on luggage. his parents were never given a reason for their son's size, though he was born weighing just three pounds.
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his mother said he has not grown since he was two years old. time is 6:24. a plan that could make your drink in one bay area city more expensive goes to a vote. and chp officers are out in force making sure people are not taking their labor day parties behind the wheel. we'll find out if there were any bizarre arrests overnight. and joey chestnut meets his match. we'll show you the competitor who brought down the eating champion. and a live look at sunol grade this morning, blue skies. if you're headed to the pool or the barbecue, don't forget your. [ female announcer ] we know jerry brown was mayor of oakland,
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but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours...
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they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america. jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results california needs now. going through the garbage. police invest more time in an east bay dump this morning, the
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search for the fifth victim in a bizarre killing spree. and the push to free the cal grad in an iranian jail right you to. and let's look outside as we are coming up on 6:30. the sun is coming up over san francisco bay. it will be a fantastic day. a lot of fun stuff in store for you right now on nbc bay area news. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm kris sanchez, in for laura garcia-cannon. >> i'm garvin thomas in for brent cannon. ria taormina has your forecast. >> it's a great one. bright, sunny skies no matter where you are today. no clouds along the coast the way we normally have. things will be quite warm throughout the entire bay area. we'll be in the mid to higher 70s along the coast. in the 90s inland. the afternoon is going to be obviously our warmest time.
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bright sunny skies until 5:00, 6:00 tonight. cooling tomorrow 10, 15 degrees from where we are today. today, still in the higher 50s or so, just about where we were this time yesterday. the winds are quite calm. as you can see, along our coast, there are no clouds or marine layers to speak of. there's an off-shore flow of the winds in the north. that's bringing us toasty temperatures. i'll have more coming up in a bit. >> thank you. in just a few hours, investigator also start day four of their search through a pittsburg landfill looking for the body of a missing man. he may be the fifth victim of a killing spree. christie smith is live at the landfill with the latest on this investigation. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. we are told investigators will be back out at that landfill in pittsburg this morning in about 90 minutes. they're focusing specifically on a one acre area that they cordoned off inside the landfill where they believe the body of
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frederick sales may be. he could very well be the fifth victim tied to this bizarre killing spree last week. the 35-year-old nursing aide has not been seen since august 26th. that was the time his father was beat ton death by efren valdemoro at the hercules home they rented from valdemoro's girlfriend. an suv driven by one of the victims in all this was found at a hercules business park and valdemoro once worked at that business park and trash there ends up at the keller canyon landfill. this weekend there was vigil for all of the victims of this including valdemoro's girlfriend, cindy tran. >> she's a very devoted mother. >> it's heartbreaking. it's very heartbreaking. >> reporter: efren valdemoro was shot and killed by the chp. he is really the central figure in all this killing spree.
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there were reports that investigators believed that perhaps a love triangle may have set him off, involving cindy tran and one of the sales', either the father or the son, but cindy tran's family says that is untrue and she broke off the relationship. the search may go on through at least wednesday. reporting live near pittsburg, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. the three cal grads jailed in iran on spy charges are getting the support of a prominent member of the islamic community. they have been in an iranian prison for more than a year now after they were arrested crossing the border between iraq. an islamic scholar is asking iran to release the hikers as the muslim holy month of ramadan comes to a close. he wrote a three-page letter to
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ayatollah khamenei pleaing for their release. a livermore father is accused of stabbing his own son 11 times. police say gary gomez took his wife, son and two of his son's friends fishing at bethany reservoir around midnight sunday. he reportedly got upset when one of the friends said they had to go home around 2:00 in the morning and ended up getting into a fight with his son. he stabbed the boy at least 11 times and his wife was stabbed at least once when she tried to stop the fight. gomez also tried to puncture the family van's tire as the wife tried to drive away. none of the injuries are life threatening. the man accused of shooting a fremont police officer is due in court this week. 20-year-old andrew barrientos is scheduled to be formally charged in an oakland court on tuesday. police say barrientos shot todd young several times in oakland august 27th when young
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tried to arrest him. police arrested barrientos just 30 feet from the mexican border after investigators tracked him through his cell phone. young is now recovering from a string of surgeries. in about a half hour, some big names in california politics will be kicking off a voting campaign and labor day breakfast. barbara boxer, jerry brown are among those that will be there. hundreds of union members from dozens of l. a. county unions ae also invited. this is the kickoff of the campaign season. president obama will be in milwaukee today and in cleveland, ohio on wednesday. find out what the president is expected to say coming up in a live report from washington in about ten minutes. in san francisco, lawmakers are considering a proposal to increase taxes on alcohol.
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the board of supervisors is set to vote on a plan that would place a fee on alcohol distributors. the plan would add a couple of cents to the equivalent of a bottle of beer, glass of wine or well drink. the idea is to cover some $17 million in unreimbursed health care costs related to alcohol abuse. the fee would apply to wholesalers who sell alcohol in san francisco. critics say the cost will be passed on to consumers, which will hurt business. trying to keep the streets safe this labor day, the chp has amped up patrols for the holiday weekend and so far they have had more trouble this year compared to last. as of 6:00 this morning, california officers arrested 990 drunk drivers, that is 67 more than the same time last year. deaths are also up on our highways. eight people have died over the labor day weekend. one of those deaths happened here in the bay area. former hewlett-packard ceo mark hurd is apparently landing on his feet.
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just weeks after owe was ousted from the top spot at hp, hurd is in talks to take over a top executive post at oracle. a source says oracle is not vying for the ceo job held by oracle founder larry ellison but another position. hurd resigned from hp in early august when an investigation showed he failed to disclose a personal relationship with a contractor. she later filed a sexual harassment claim against hurd which was settled out of court. this week marks the start of -- the start of -- >> they will start the -- >> kris is reading the story. the kill effort at the bottom of the oil leak site in the gulf of mexico. this week starts a new phase. a live look, almost a mile under water where bp is beginning the process of permanently plugging the leaking oil well. at the same time it is trying to figure out what caused the spill in the first place. >> i think of their families and
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each one of them deserve this. these guys deserve this. we need to find out not only for them and their memories but for the industry i know they would want it no other way. bp says once the bottom kill is complete there is very little danger of another oil leak in the gulf. today is the 140th day since the deep water well explosion. also this morning the pakistani taliban is claiming responsibility for today's suicide bombing that killed 17 people, including police officers. dozens of others were hurt. the bomber set off a car bomb in an alley behind a police station in northwest pakistan. the blast shattered the station and nearby homes and killed four children headed to school. the taliban says it is targeting police because they encourage people to set up militias to fight the militants. more than a dozen landslides killed at least 38 people in guatemala over the weekend. about 50 people are believed to be buried under the rubble. torrential rains saturated the ground and unleashed the slide. in one case, rescue crews were pulling people out of a slide
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got trapped themselves when the mountain above them cracked sending a second wave of rock and mud. miners in chile have sent more than a month underground. relatives of the 33 miners marked the one-month anniversary outside the mine yesterday. engineers are drilling a shaft into the mine but that could take two to four months to reach the miners. miners are speaking to their families through a video conferencing system and crews are set sending them food and clothing through a small shaft. when the miners are finally resc rescued, one of them might not be as eager as the rest to come out. his wife was keeping vigil outside the mine when she met another woman praying there. they got to talking and found out they were praying for the same man. the women got into a fight and the wife tore down a poster with the miner's photo that the mistress had set up. the mistress taped the poster back up and beneath several poems and prayers she had dedicated to him she signed to senora, which means your wife.
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has some explaining to do. >> that's the story of the day. >> yeah. time to get a check of our weekend weather forecast. ria has been promising us a beautiful labor day weekend. not too many clouds, and lots of sunshine headed our way, right? >> that's right. we can agree that yesterday was a beautiful day. pretty much anywhere that you were. today will be even nicer and warmer. about ten degrees warmer. right now it's not so warm. mid to higher 50s . 54 in oakland. 58 in san jose. winds are picking up, but not that much to speak of. as we look at our headlines, clear skies everywhere. along the coast, around the bay, inland, it's going to be hot, hot, hot. mid 70s around the coastal areas, 80s around the bay. 90s inland. as we look at why, let's look at our satellite picture.
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there are no clouds along the coast. at noon, things will be nice as well. our seven-day forecast is a beauty, though there's a cooldown tomorrow and ahead for the rest of the week. back to you. >> thank you very much. san jose's eating champ met his match this weekend. joey chestnut competed in a chicken eating wing contest in buffalo, new york. he lost, even though he ate 169 wings. that is more than four and a half pounds of meat. sonia thomas was crowned the champ, she ate 181 wings in 12 minutes. thomas is just five feet tall and weighs 105 pounds. she previously set eating records for oysters, hard boiled eggs, cheesecake and jalapeno peppers. >> did you notice the pepto across the jerseys? >> sponsoring it? yeah. >> good product placement. >> 6:39 now. we will look at why fewer
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babies are being born these days. >> and president obama taking the heat over jobs, over lack of jobs. we have a new idea he's pitching today. we'll tell you what it is next. ♪ >> plus guitar therapy, one man takes a musical journey across the country after losing his job, and it includes a stop in the bay area. we'll show you his journey next. looking live at sunrise this morning. beautiful start to your labor day, if you have the day off we hope you have lots of fun in store. but if you're working, we hope you have a good day, too. we'll check your fecastn just a bit.
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>> isn't that pretty? sunrise coming up over the east bay hills, nice orange glow in the air. it's labor day. hope you have the day off today and are relaxing, having that second cup of coffee. don't worry about traffic this morning. >> holiday light. more than one in every ten people in the bay area is out of work. the president is taking much of the blame for that. he will be pitching his job plan to folks in the great lakes area in the next two days, starting with a trip to milwaukee later this morning.
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tracie potts is live in washington with a preview of what the president is going to say. tra tracie, we are listening very carefully here because our jobless rate is worse than the national average. >> it is. close to 11% in the south bay area, 11.5% in san francisco. people in california need jobs. they're going to be listening to this new plan today, president obama expected to pitch $50 billion for infrastructure upgrades, fixing roads, rails, airports. he said he wants to finance this for creating a new permanent infrastructure bank and pay for it by rolling back oil and gas tax credits. that's today. on wednesday he travels to cleveland where he talks about another idea he has already pitched and is urging congress to extend tax credits, new research tax credits to small businesses. the idea being if small businesses get a tax break, they will be in a better financial position to create jobs.
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$100 billion over ten years. those are the two latest ideas to create jobs. >> thank you very much. the downturn in the economy is also leading to a downturn in births. bay area hospitals say fewer babies were born in 2009 than the year before. doctors say they've heard from many patients who would be parents but say the economy does not put them in position to give them the best opportunities. the birth rate fell almost one birth for every 1,000 people in the past two years. we are doing our part, though. you too, and me, too. >> we have a special story you will only see here, it centers on a young man fired from his dream job. >> laura garcia-cannon shows us that instead of sitting on the couch and moping, he did something he had always wanted to do, travel the country on a musical journey. ♪
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>> reporter: this is a piece of a song and video that one of our producers found floating around facebook, you are watching a 28-year-old who took off on a 40-day tour of the country living out of his car along the way. that was just part of the story. here to tell us the rest of it is tony himself, here with us via skype. fantastic song. >> thank you. >> what inspired it? >> well, you know, basically people ask all the time what were you doing all over the country? what happened was, you know, i was a sportscaster in columbus, which is my hometown, columbus, ohio. like many people in today's economy, i had been laid off my job. for me, it was a dream job. it's all the i wanted to do. i was content there. when you get laid off from your dream job, you kind of ask what's next. i asked some friends, and they say you do what you always wanted to do but you couldn't do
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because you had a job. for me, one of my biggest passions and hobbies growing up has been playing music. so i literally made a tour for myself. i looked around the internet, found open mics all over the country and decided to go on tour. >> i love it. so you wrote this song that you sing, and you talk about specific parts of the country but you went to those parts to film your own video. >> right. i basically knew i was going to take a nationwide trip and i wrote a song specifically for the sake of making a video. i wanted something that would go viral on youtube, and i guess maybe it's working a bit so far. >> one of the spots you hit was right here in the bay area. you went to the golden gate bridge, there's a great line in the song about the san francisco bay, but along the way you got people, anybody you could find to shoot the video for you? >> yeah. most of the trip was done by
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myself. a lot of times i had to ask perfect strangers. that shot where the pretty girl in san francisco bay, it took like an hour to find someone who would be willing to be in the shot with me. eventually that woman is engaged, she lives in ireland. she was there with her fiance visiting, he offered her up for the video. he is actually holding the camera there shooting that shot. there's a million great stories about that kind of stuff from the road trip and they're on my blog. >> so you even started a blog. there's the picture we're talking about. it's unique, fun to watch. what now for you? >> while i was on the road, i was looking for sports casting jobs, and i landed one in north carolina on a part-time basis. that continues. i want to carry music as far as i can. i don't feel i got the greatest stage presence in the world but i love writing songs. i know i can write songs. i would love do it on a higher
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level. >> i beg to differ because you're doing great. >> tell us about your sister, at the very end of the video it's dedicated to her. what happened? >> as i was in seattle, the furthest from home i could be in the contiguous 48, i got a phone call from home that she has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, there's only 100 cases in the united states. there's no cure. she is in no short-term peril, but long-term it's serious. on my website, 40daytour.com you can make a donation to vanderbilt university med center, they're the best in the country for finding a cure for this sort of thing. anybody who has the means to do so, we -- my whole family would appreciate it. >> of course. you're turning it into a good cause. we wish the very best to her.
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continued success to you, your new job. continue on the recording tour. we love it. really fun to see. >> thank you, laura. >> if you want to see the whole video, it is posted on our morning facebook page. one of the things that i love about that, even if you're not musical, it was that hope to meet people, those little things whether it's music or anything that gets you to meet people in your travel. those are what you remember about your travel experiences. >> everyone likes the music. music is universal. like weather. >> talking about weather, hey, how about that. >> today is a gorgeous day a gorgeous sunrise, as you can see right now. sun coming up. it is beautiful out. mid to higher 50s through jot the bay area. 54 in oakland. 55 in san francisco. 58 here in san jose. not much of a temperature
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difference from yesterday. winds are calm throughout the entire bay area. no clouds along the coast. our first pitch forecast, oakland a's playing the mariners over in oakland. first pitch at 1:05. sunny, clear skies and a warm 81. getting up to about 85, which will you probably be feeling by the end of the game. part of the reason why, no clouds along the coast, a shallow marine layer. things will be warm. high numbers today, inland areas in the mid to higher 90s. along the coast in the 70s a drop off tomorrow and into wednesday, but things warm up nicely for next weekend. back to you guys. >> thank you very much. it is 6:51 now. back to the dump. investigators search for more clues to the crime killing spree this morning at the pittsburg landfill. how one family wants to set the record straight. a live look outside it is labor day. that means events both public
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and private, setting up for one night in san francisco. hope you have a great weekend, but we're back in two minutes. don't go away just yet.
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take a live look at the sunrise over the bay bridge construction. a beautiful start to the day. and appropriately it's caltrans orange. >> the search for the body of a missing man continues at an east bay landfill this morning. he could be another victim in last week's killing rampage. christie smith is live in pittsburg with what's ahead today. >> reporter: good morning to you. there's a one-acre area inside the landfill, that's where
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police and volunteers have been searching. this is now day four.tons of des to go through. they believe frederick sales could be the fifth victim of a killing spree last week. so far they have not found sign of him. the 35-year-old nursing assistant hasn't been seen since august 26th, when the 35-year-old's victim was beaten to death by efren valdemoro, who was suspicious of an affair with his girlfriend, cindy tran. valdemoro is also tied to the deaths of two vallejo women. this weekend dozens of people came out to a vigil for all the victims in this. candles were lit for everyone, including efren valdemoro, who was shot and killed by the chp in richmond last week after a high-speed chase. the search resumes this morning at 8:00.
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christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. stay tuned to nbc bay area news for the latest on the search. also make sure to sign up for breaking news alerts on nbcbayarea.com. folks are celebrating labor day in different ways around the bay area. you can get in on the action. >> the sausalito arts festival gets started at 10:00 this morning. for $20, grab some great food, take in the art and hear fantastic music. or dust off that fishing poland head out to one of the many beautiful fresh water lakes across the bay area and fish for tree. that is because the department of fish and game is waiving the sport fishing license fees today. just pay attention to the weight limits. and if fishing is not your cup of tea, check out the bike race that used to be called the bike grand prix. the first race starts at 8:00. it happens at the levi strauss
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plaza. >> all three sound nice. if you have other plans in your backyard, we hope those are nice for you, too. >> those are often the best ones. thank you very much for joining us this morning. the "today" show is coming up next. >> local news updates for you in a half hour. we'll see you in a bit. >> have a great holiday. ♪ i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there...
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